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Spoonflower Sampler Quilt {Block 3: Modern “T” Block}

Reposting original post (JUL 2014)

In May, I taught a Modern Block class at Spoonflower. I promised folks that I would share the designs/patterns of each blocks of my sampler quilt.

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As promised, here is the first one – the modern “T” block. Finished size is 12″.
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Planning your Block

This block is actually a repeated pattern (the whole repeat blocks are marked in blue below). You can chain piece the block pieces or you can make it using paper piecing.  Start by planning your block, color in the pieces so you know where pieces go. I have included a template you can color here.

Note: This is considered a challenging block due to the small pieces – to give you an idea the sashing is 1/2″, the small square is 1″.

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Method 1: Piecing

Cutting Instructions

Below are cutting instructions for the pieces. I have mapped these instructions with the colors in the T Block photo above.

Fabric Amount Cutting instructions
 Fabric A (Light Blue)  Fat Eighth
  • 4 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 6 1.5” x 3”
  • 7 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric B (Dark Blue)   Scrap
  • 5 1.5” x 1.5”
 Fabric C (Orange)  Fat eighth
  • 5 1.5” x 3.5”
  • 5 1.5” x 3”
  • 6 1.5” x 2”
 Fabric D (Citron)  Fat eighth
  • 6 1.5” x 1.5”
Fabric E (White Sashing) Fat eighth
  • 8 1” strips (~20 inches long)

Making your Block
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  1. I chain piece all my small colored pieces to the white sashing strips. The white sashing will be pieces 2, 3, 4, 6, 8b and 9.
  2. Start with all the 1 pieces and sew them to a strip of white sashing (#2). Trim all the pieces so that you now have 1+2 combined. Press seams open.
  3. Now chain piece on the other side another white strip to the 1+2 pieces. Trim all the pieces, and now you have 1+2+3 combined. Press seams open.
  4. Now chain piece 1+2+3 to another white strip (#4). Trim to create 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  5. Add #5 pieces to 1+2+3+4. Press seams.
  6. Chain piece 1+2+3+4+5 to a white strip (#6). Trim and press seams.
  7. Add #7 to the 1+2+3+4+5+6.
  8. Chain piece 8a to a white strip (#8b). Trim and press seams.
  9. Sew 8a+8b to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 block. Press seams.
  10. Finally, chain piece 1-9 block to a white strip (#9). Trim and press seams
  11. Repeat 8 times for the whole block repeats (the sections marked above with blue lines).
  12. At this point, use a design board. Layout your whole blocks. Take the other remaining pieces and lay them out. For the remaining pieces, you can sew each of the pieces one by one, using the same system as a whole block above, sewing just the relevant pieces.
  13. Once all pieces /repeats are sewn, join pieces of each column (i.e. piece going down instead of the typical rows across).
  14. When piecing the 4 columns together, use a lot of pins. I recommend lining up all the colored pieces to ensure alignment is accurate.

Method 2: Paper Piecing

This is not an instruction for paper-piecing, I am assuming you know. The template for the repeat block can be found here. Here are some instructions:

  • Print template at 100%
  • Cut the block out along the edge
  • Cut down around the A, B and C sections
  • Once you finish paper piecing each section; make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Join sections in the order A–>B; AB–>C
  • Once the ABC block is complete make sure you measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance from the edge of the paper.
  • Follow the above steps 13-14 in method 1 ( to join the blocks down each column and then joining column to column.

Hope you enjoy the block, let me know if you have any questions.

Additional Spoonflower Sampler Quilt Block tutorials:

 

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Swaps: Santa’s Elf and the Sleepy Hippo

I decided to participate in two swaps before Christmas, the Festive Mug Rug Swap and then the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt. It is my first time participating in a handmade project swap, but I was super excited and eagerly waited for my partner assignment.

Festive Mug Rug Swap

I immediately knew I would use my paper-piecing gift tag pattern (see on the right, free to download) for mug rug. These are the final goodies that was sent to my partner. I love this perfect fabric line for some fuzzy cutting of the Santa’s Elves (Robert Kaufman).

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Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

This one took me a while to work out, what I was going to do, but I wanted to try a new skill – sketch stitching to applique shapes. I had also been talking with my friend Daisy, about making an improv. hippo quilt with a low volume background. So, those two ideas resulted in this….

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I added some straight line quilting to the background, then appliqued the hippo. I think the sketch stitch went pretty well and happy with the final outcome.  I love how the black and white binding to finishes off the quilt.

For the back, I used this much loved hippo fabrics (Puti de Pome, So Happy, Hippos) from my stash and added some hanging corners.SleepyHippo_back

Let me know if you are interested in the hippo template and I can provide it. Linking up with Amanda Jean over @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Free pattern for gift tags

Remember this block from my Scrap-bee-licious December blocks, last week? I got several requests for the pattern.ChristmasPresentTagsBlock

Well, after talking with Ayumi Takahashi, who inspired this block design with her flickr image, she graciously agreed to let me write-up the pattern of my block above and make it available.

I am making the paper piecing pattern available for free, on Craftsy here. It will be available, in future, via the button on my right hand menu.

I hope you have fun with it…..I am thinking of making a couple up for Valentines Day and make them as postcards. If you make any up, feel free to add your end results to my Flickr group, I would love to see what you make with it.

Linking up with Kelly:
Needle and Thread Thursday

and Kritsy @ Quit Play for Paper Piecing Party.

Paper Piecing Party

Gypsy Wife Quilt Along + Winner of Pillow Pop

Have you see the buzz around Gypsy Wife Pattern? Does this not look interesting and exciting?? Possibly a challenge or a great gift for next Christmas?

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Intrepid Threads and Amitie Textiles are both offering BOM’s (Block of the Month) for this quilt. I really want to do this pattern but I did not want to do a BOM, where fabric is provided as part of the price. The reason, simply is, I have enough fabric and I would like to make my own Gypsy Wife blocks with my current stash.

Talking with Kristel @ Work in Progress Girl and Daisy @ Ants to Sugar, they were both:

  1. Interested in this pattern (and have it already)
  2. Interested in making and following a group of folks who are also interested in making it, so we can meet and experience it with others.

As we were talking, we thought it would be fun to do a Quilt Along (Gypsy Wife Quilt Along). Details are still being worked out but the general idea will be:

  1. Join in with us, on flickr – Gypsy Wife QAL. Grab a button, if you want for your blog (see below).
  2. Schedule will be posted at the end of this week. Expect it to have a feature block and a couple of filler blocks per month. First month for blocks would be February and the final blocks to finish up in December.
  3. Buy your pattern, and select your fabric, in January.
  4. A link-up will be provided each month, where you can link-up a post or pictures (i.e. Blog is not necessary).

I bought my pattern @ Westwood Acres on Saturday, and it arrived yesterday (Monday). I have added additional online shops that offer the pattern for purchasing, to a post, on Flickr.

I am also, looking into getting a couple of give aways for folks that link-up, during the year.  If you are interested in participating in the giveaway’s, please send me an email: ml_wilkie@hotmail.com.

Here’s the button you can use and I hope to see y’all over on Flickr.

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Lastly, the winner of the Book Review Tuesday – Pillow Pop is:

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and #5 was Carol B. I will be sending you an email for your mailing address. Congratulations!!

Pushme Pullme Block Pattern Launch + Giveaway

I am so excited to make available my Pushme Pullme Block Pattern. The final block measures 15″. It is a quick, easy and versatile pattern.
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The overall design came about originally with a quilt in mind, that I am currently making for a friend’s little boy.
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My testers have done an amazing job, using the pattern in many ways, highlighting the versatility of the block.  Check out their finishes!!

Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day created an amazing pillow with teal and pink arrows, with a popping yellow edging.

Kristel @ Work-in-Progress Girl created a mini quilt and played around with the colors represented in the sashing to make it truly unique.

Mara @ Secretly Stitching used it as the front of a very cute play mat tote for her nephew. Extremely adorable.

Sarah @ Sarah Quilts made some great pillows for Christmas gifts for a male friend. I love the use of black and reds.

The pattern can be found on Craftsy and Etsy. I have also added it to my right-hand side menu for easy access.

To celebrate the launch of my pattern, I have TWO GIVEAWAYS.

  1. For the first giveaway, I will give the winner a copy of the pattern + 2 fat quarters of modern quilting fabric in a color of your choice (ie. blue or green or multi colored). To win leave a comment below on what you would like to make with the pattern. If you are a follower, leave a second comment and let me know how you follow.
  2. For the second giveaway, if you leave a comment below + all 4 posts of my testers above you will be in the draw to win my favorite quilting book (at the moment) – Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers.

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All winners will be chosen randomly next Friday and announced here. I hope you like the block and the projects the testers came up with. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Coming tomorrow: “Pushme Pullme Block” Pattern

Over the last month, I have been working on this block pattern that uses nested arrows.

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Originally, named “This way, that way”, I have landed up calling the pattern “Pushme Pullme”. It reminds me standing at a door and trying to decide, do I push the door or pull the door. I love how the design shows a convergence/divergence in a tessellation like manner.

Tomorrow, I am launching the pattern on Craftsy and there will be a small blog hop and a GIVEAWAY.

A big “Thank You” goes to Susan @ The Bored Zombie who was my first reviewer of my pattern.  Another big “Thank You” goes out to those who tested the pattern for me. My testers have done an amazing job working on the block and validating the pattern. Their projects, using the block, will be part of the blog hop tomorrow.

Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
Kristel @ Work-in-Progress Girl
Mara @ Secretly Stitching
Sarah @ Sarah Quilts

So, stop by tomorrow and be in a chance to win, and check out the projects and my new pattern!! See you then.

Let’s Get Acquainted New Bloggers blog hop

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Today, it is my turn on the New Blogger blog hop. This post has been one of the hardest posts, I have had to write so far. I had fun writing it, it gave me some time to reflect on how far I have come and how much things have changed, since my blogging journey started. I am so excited, I have some great news to tell you and just want to blurt it out…. but first I should share some information about me 😉

Why did I start blogging?
I enjoy sewing/crafts, fine arts and cooking/baking and I wanted to share what I was doing with people of similar interest and join a community. Facebook just didn’t quiet have enough room for all my thoughts. That is what let to me blogging in September 2012.

How did I come up with my blog name?
When looking for a blog name I wanted Jack/Jill of all trades but that was taken, with a little use of google I found “Factotum”. Factotum is Latin, and in english means “a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities”. Perfect!! Factotum of Arts.

What are 6 things most people don’t know about me?

  • My banner for my blog is one of my chalk pastel drawings of a dried lily.
  • I started sewing in August 2012, before that I had made a pillow case in home ec. class when I was 13.
  • I studied in New Zealand, my undergrad is in Biology and Statistics, my Masters in Marine Science
  • I really like science fiction and fantasy. I am currently reading Finale, Becca Fitzpatrick; Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare; and Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness. Buffy the Vampire, and Supernatural are two of my favorite shows.
  • My favorite places I have visited are Lisbon, Portugal; Prague, Czech Republic; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • I grew up in New Zealand, lived in Sydney, Australia; Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany and now live in Cary, North Carolina, USA and I love to travel.

What are my favorite aspects in quilting/sewing?
Fabric: I think my favorite thing, and somewhat an addiction…is fabric!!! I see a project in every fabric line.
Color: I really like being visually stimulated by color and then playing and using color when designing projects.
Ideas/Designing: I love taking an idea to the final product. My head is always full of projects floating around and I try to write or draw these down, so I don’t forget.
Best tip, so far: I was having trouble lining up rows for a postage stamp cushion, and Adrianne from “On the Windy Side” came to my rescue. Using her tips definitely helped in so many projects….here are her tips.
Projects:
  I love projects that can be done in a couple of hours and interspersing these with long-term quilting projects. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, and keeps me going on the longer projects.  Here are some of my 2013 projects:

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Now for my exciting news….I am introducing my first paper piecing pattern…

“Royal – X – Plus Block”TealOrange_Royal_X_PlusBlock

The block reminds me of a mashup of a union jack and the X & + Block (hence the name). It was inspired by a floor tile. I would consider this Intermediate due to the joins but an easy sew since they are all straight lines. The biggest tip I can give, is when joining the 3 sections using opposite pressed seams to match the pieces up (like you would matching up a row of squares).

I reached out to others participating in the New Bloggers blog hop and a big thank you goes out to my three testers that tested my pattern. I am so appreciative of the work and great feedback. Here are their blocks:

Cath @ Wombat Quilts, who posts a paper piece block every Monday which are always amazing!! She made her block 11.5 x 11.5″. finished block

Alison @ Making Happyness, who is a newbie at paper piecing. Her first paper piecing was a beautiful rose.Ali @ Making Happyness

Lisa @ Hilltop House Creative Works, made this very cute mini quilt from the block. I could definitely use this as a mug rug or a pot holder/trivet….don’t you think??DSC01700

In the process of making the pattern I tried a couple of blocks, and after feedback from Alison I wanted to show you all how a couple of blocks would work together.Royal_X_Cross_Blocks

You can get the free pattern from Craftsy, here. If you try it out I would love to know, so I invite you to post photo’s of your finished block on my Paper Piecing Flickr Group.

Finally, check out the other modern quilting new bloggers participating in the blog hop:

Friday, June 7th
Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt In A Day
Casey @ The Studiolo
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That
Ange @ Heart Of Charnwood
Kim @ Robot Mom Sews
Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting

Friday, June 14
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Sarah @ Duck Egg Threads
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Cari @ There’s A Thread
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday, June 21
Leigh Anne @ Ella’s Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Liz @ Beadqueene’s Bits And Baubles
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym
Amy @ Cloud CouCou Crafts

Friday, June 28
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Amira @ Little Mushroom Cap
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Alyce @ Wonderland By Alyce
Anna @ The Crooked Banana
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs
Caroline @ Carolines Craftiness
Lisa @ Hilltop House Creative Works

Friday, July 12
Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure
Karen @ Karen, {Novice} Quilter
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Rachel @ Let’s Begin Sewing…
Jan @ Sew And Sow Farm
Anna @ Quilting Along The Grain
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {No} Hats In The House

Friday, July 19
Karen @ Little Birdie Quilting Studio
Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
Katie @ Snuggle Up With A Dish From Karma
Alison @ Making Happyness
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta’s Little Room
Adrienne @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya
Kelsey and Amanda @ Everyday Fray

Friday, July 26
Vicki @ A Quilter’s Mission
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks
Jenny @ A Note To Follow Sew
Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Sonia @ Fabric & Flowers
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing by Moonlight